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Data Modelling Essentials

1 November 2016: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

International Antarctic Centre
Sir Edmund Hilary Room
38 Orchard Road
Christchurch Airport
Christchurch 8053

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In this information age, data and data relationships have never been more important to, well, just about everything. How much money is in your account? What platform does the train leave from? What is Barack Obama tweeting in Twitter? The answer to all of these questions is in the data and data relationships.

The ability to model data is an essential skill, whether it be for understanding key relationships in your organisation, modelling entity relationships as a basis for relational database design, or modelling object classes for software implementation.

It is very common for apparently well designed systems to start to fail when the information demands of Users exceeds the ability of the system to prove the requisite data. Worse still, often systems can't easily accommodate changes in requirements brought about by changes in the business environment or through User's increased appreciation of their needs gained from system experience. Comprehensive data modelling mitigates these failings.

This course provides a succinct and pragmatic coverage of data modelling for anyone involved in information management and related projects. The course is highly practical and involves group and individual exercises based on real world examples.

The Data Modelling Essentials' course is delivered by John Fisher. John is a well known and very experienced data modeller and has undertaken data modelling for many key New Zealand organisations. He is currently enterprise modeller and de facto information architect at a major Government Ministry.

Duration: Full Day


Course objectives

Following the completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  • Appreciate the value of data and its importance to an enterprise  
  • Understand the nature of data and its form  
  • Identify and evaluation candidate entities in a business domain  
  • Draw data model diagrams  
  • Map data models to database schema   
  • Know the use of data modelling in an enterprise context



  • Business Analysts
  • Architects
  • Developers
  • Testers

May also be of value to:

  • Project Managers
  • Business representatives



  • None


Your Trainer

John Fisher CITP, MIITP, MBCS, Enterprise Modeller at Ministry of Education, has been involved in IT for over 50 years and in the early days worked exclusively on OLTP and database based systems starting with the original airline reservation systems in the '60s. 

Over the last 15 or so years he has focused largely on the areas of information architecture and knowledge systems and was responsible for defining the Ministry's Information Architecture. 

Recently he has been involved in developing target states and roadmaps for the Education Sector based on high level sector Business Element Models. He has worked in this, and associated areas, with local Agencies such as NZQA & TEC and overseas Education Agencies such as JISC (UK) and SURF(Netherlands) to map Business Element Models to TOGAF, ArchiMate and the UK's eFramework. 

Interests outside work include Railway Modelling (GWR) and Cowboy Action Shooting. 


Registration Details:

You can register for this event via Credit Card online now by using the link below, or alternatively call 0800 252 255 with your Credit Card details.

IITP Corporate Partners and approved organisations can opt to pay by invoice by calling 0800 252 255 or emailing attendee and business details through to [email protected]. Credit criteria and other conditions apply.

Attendance Cost

ITP Financial Members$390.43 + GST / $449.00 incl GST
Staff of Corporate Partners (20% Discount)$430.43 + GST / $495.00 incl GST
Non-Members$538.26 + GST / $619.00 incl GST

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